I have a show at the Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library. Now, this may not seem like much to you, but to me, this a huge step in my process as an artist. But, once I was done cleaning and moving and filling the display cases, I realized that, other than the lovely people who visit the library, no one would know that they can see my work. So, I decided to write a press release.
Let me know what you think.
Local Artist Displays Her Handiwork
Judy A Goddard, who resides in Manchester Township, is displaying her Hand Painted Puzzle Canes and Hiking Sticks at the main branch of the Ocean County Library, in Toms River through the end of July.
Ms. Goddard stumbled upon painting walking canes almost by accident, when, last year a family member asked her to paint one to take on a cruise.
Decorated with symbols of christian faith and wreathed around with a scripture verse, the cane soon caught the
attention of friends and family who asked for canes of their own.
“Here is a way to provide stability that is personal and beautiful. If a person finds him or herself in need of ambulatory assistance, why not do it in a beautiful way?” Judy explained. “How many people do you see using canes? How many of them are truly beautiful as well as functional? And, as each cane is hand painted, each is a unique work of art.”
Now Judy has branched out into hiking sticks, a natural extension of her participation in Boy Scouting.
The puzzle aspect of each cane comes from the way inspirational phrases are painted into the design. She says, “If you don’t “have” the key, it’ll take you a while to figure it out.”
There are a broad range of prices so there is a cane for every budget.
If you’d like to learn more about Ms. Goddard and how she defines herself as an artist, you can visit her blog; www.JudyAGoddardArtisan.blogspot.com. There you can read about her adventures in art and leave comments as well.
I also included a small decorative envelope with 2 business cards and 3 photos. I contacted three different local newspapers and mailed out a kit to each.
Will it make a difference? Let's see!